2020 Annual Conference


ATIXA is pleased to announce our virtual 2020 ATIXA Annual Conference. The conference will be held October 6th – 7th, 2020.

This year’s two-day virtual conference will include:

  • live Opening Keynote Speaker, Tarana Burke, founder of the ‘me too.’ Movement
  • pre-recorded Featured Speaker Sessions, on a variety of Title IX topics, that will be followed by live Q&A sessions with the presenters
  • live Roundtable Sessions led by experts in the field
  • A live Plenary Session with our TNG Partner and ATIXA Advisory Board Panel on the 2020 Regulations, which also includes a live Q&A opportunity
  • live networking opportunities
  • live Closing Keynote Panel on Science-Based Investigative Interviewing, the Neurobiology of Trauma, and Sexual Assault Investigations.

As a live conference attendee, you can choose your own conference experience by selecting your featured speaker sessions and roundtable sessions. In addition, as a registered attendee you will have access to a recording package for three months post-conference which will include recordings of the Opening and Closing Keynotes, all the featured speaker sessions, and the plenary session, and all the Q&A sessions.

As always, the Annual ATIXA Conference is the leading conference in the field of Title IX. With the release of the new regulations on May 6, 2020, ATIXA recognizes that our members and the field are eager for opportunities to learn and connect with other Title IX professionals who are interested in serving their districts and institutions more effectively. It is ATIXA’s commitment to you to deliver a virtual conference that is robust, flexible, highly engaging, and valuable to those working in the field of Title IX.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

10:00am-11:30am ET – Opening Keynote and Q&A (live)

11:45am-12:30pm ET – Roundtable One – Choice of 10 Roundtables (live)

12:40pm-2:00pm ET – Featured A – Choice of 3 Presentations and Q&A’s (Q&A’s live)

2:00pm – 2:30pm ET – 30-Minute Lunch Break

2:30pm-3:15pm ET – Roundtable Two – Choice of 10 Roundtables (live)

3:25pm-5:00pm ET – Featured B – Choice of 3 Presentations and Q&A’s (Q&A’s live)

5:15pm-6:15pm ET – Optional Receptions (live)

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

10:00am-11:30am ET – Featured C – Choice of 3 Presentations and Q&A’s (Q&A’s live)

11:45am-12:30pm ET – Roundtable Three – Choice of 10 Roundtables (live)

12:40pm-2:00pm ET – Plenary Session and Q&A (live)

2:00pm – 2:30pm ET – 30-Minute Lunch Break

2:30pm-3:15pm ET – Roundtable Four – Choice of 10 Roundtables (live)

3:45pm-5:15pm ET – Closing Keynote and Q&A (live)

There are two ways to participate in this year’s conference. You can attend live or purchase a recording package for viewing at a later date.

Attend Live:
Our Opening and Closing Keynotes will be completed Live via Zoom on the dates/times listed above inclusive of a Q&A session, all of which will be recorded for later viewing. All Featured Speaker options will be pre-recorded for the presentation portion and include a 30-minute Live Q&A session (also recorded) following each Featured Session. Attendees will choose one of three Featured Speaker options for each time period and will watch the recorded presentation of their choice at the date/time in the schedule above, and then attend the live Zoom Q&A session immediately following.  The Roundtables and the Receptions will be held Live through Zoom as well.

Please note: Anonymous participation is possible in the live Q&A and Roundtables with the assistance of our moderators to ask questions on your behalf.

As part of your Conference purchase, by October 16, 2020 attendees will receive a Conference Recording Package which will include both Opening & Closing Keynote Sessions, Plenary Session, and all 9 Featured Speaker Session Presentations inclusive of the Q&A’s.

Recording Package Only:
If you do not plan to attend the virtual conference live, it is possible to purchase a 2020 Annual Conference Recording Package which includes all items in the Conference Schedule above except the Live Q&A’s, Roundtables, and Receptions.

Attend the Conference Live:
Member Discounted Pricing: $299/person
Non-Member Pricing: $399/person
Register for a fall ATIXA Training and Certification Course and receive a 15% discount off of the live conference pricing. You must register for the course first and then you will have the option to add the conference to your cart, where the discount will be applied. To learn more, please click HERE to visit the Training and Certification page. 

Recording Package Only:
Recording Package Only – $299/person
The Recording Package is available for Pre-Purchase and will be in your Digital Library by October 16, 2020

 

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Research Grants

ATIXA provides $2500 research awards annually, given to those creating new and innovative research in the field of Title IX Compliance and Best Practices. The ATIXA Research award is granted based on the scope of the study, the contribution to the field, and advancement of best practices. ATIXA encourages academic research and scholarship regarding sexual assault prevention, investigation, coordination, and administration at two- and four-year colleges and universities, as well as K-12 institutions.

Research may include quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method designs and should follow professional guidelines. Research should address questions important to the field of sexual assault prevention, investigations, coordination, and/or administration of policy. Research should include implications for practice and future research.

Those chosen for the research awards will be expected to do one of the following: 1) present their research during a 60-minute ATIXA online training; 2) present their research during a 45-minute ATIXA conference concurrent session; or 3) write 4 one-page summaries of their research findings for use as an ATIXA Member Newsletter Tip of the Week series.

Although we closed our 2020 Research Grants on July 17, 2020, we would like to open them up again for anyone interested to submit until the 2020 Annual Conference. All applicants will be notified after October 16, 2020.

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Scholarships

Scholarships will be available for the 2020 ATIXA Virtual Training & Certification Courses, being held September – December 2020, please click below to submit an application. Scholarships for the 2020 Annual Conference are not available.

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Meet our Presenters / View Presentation Topics
Opening Keynote: The ‘me too.’ Movement

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 10:00am – 11:30pm ET

Tarana Burke, Founder of the ‘me too.’ Movement and Advocate for Survivors of Sexual Violence

Presenter Bio: Tarana, a civil rights activist from the Bronx, started the ‘me too.’ Movement in 2006, when she laid out an action plan to reach out to survivors of sexual abuse. More than 10 years later, Tarana reflects on the power of empathy – and how it can unite survivors to fight back. “We owe future generations nothing less than a world free of sexual violence,” she says. “I believe we can build that world.”

A survivor of sexual assault herself, Tarana made it her mission early on to work with young women of color to change their lives. Burke developed the nonprofit “Just Be” in 2003, which was an all-girls program for young black girls aged 12 to 18. Tarana became a vocal spokeswoman for the ‘me too.’ Movement, when #MeToo took on a life of its own, as survivors of sexual violence stepped forward to tell their stories on social media. Time Magazine dubbed Tarana and other me-too activists “the silence breakers,” naming them (as a group) Time Person of the Year for 2017.

Presentation Abstract: Tarana will speak about the origins of the ‘me too.’ Movement and the premise – that the power of empathy is key to survivors’ healing – that it is built on. She talks candidly about why sexual violence is so rampant in our culture and talks about concrete ways that every day citizens can interrupt it. Her talk is a call to action that is meant to inspire and motivate all who are affected by sexual violence- which is everyone.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 11:45am-12:30pm ET

  • Informal Resolutions 
  • Intersection of BIT & Title IX 
  • Diversity & Equity
  • Title IX in the K-12 Setting
  • Athletics and Title IX
  • Advocacy and Prevention
  • Title IX & Race
  • Title IX in the Community College Setting
  • Free Speech and Sexual Harassment
  • Investigation Best Practices

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 12:40pm – 2:00pm ET

Option One: Is your K-12 District ready? A Review and Facilitated Discussion of the Implications of the 2020 Title IX Regulations on K-12

 

Presenter: John Shields, Ph.D., M.S.W., Senior Research Scientist, ETR

Presentation Abstract: Does it seem like the new regulations were developed without full understanding of the K-12 context? This session will identify and discuss the most significant implications of the pending Title IX regulations on K-12 Districts and Schools. Participants will emerge with an understanding of how the new regulations will specifically affect their District’s Title IX infrastructure, practices, and compliance – and have the opportunity to craft and discuss solutions with their K-12 colleagues. Participants will be provided a written primer on the regulations they can use to inform stakeholders at their District.


Option Two: Leaving Nothing to Chance: Intentional Applications of Informal Conflict Resolution Methods in the Title IX Environment

Presenter: Rick Olshak, M.S., Director of Title IX Compliance, Texas A&M University System & ATIXA Advisory Board Member & TNG Affiliated Consultant

Presentation Abstract: Higher education has a long history of seeking to use informal methods of conflict resolution to address allegations of misconduct. Unfortunately, many of the efforts of colleges and universities have been ill-conceived and short-lived. In this session, Olshak will identify specific areas of conflict resolution methods that hold promise to remedy civil rights allegations, and identify the conditions required for these efforts to thrive. Olshak will specifically examine mediation, restorative practices, and conflict coaching, and offer a historical perspective on the need for institutional leadership, establishing the right programs and services for the individual community and its members, identifying and allocating appropriate resources, developing a culture and assessment, and establishing a sustainable program.


Option Three: Creating a Stronger Title IX Process Through Trauma-Informed Practices

Presenters:

  • La Wanza Lett-Brewington, M.Ed., CA  – Director of the Women’s Center at Old Dominion University
  • Taylan Stulting, M.A. –  Enough is Enough Coordinator at Kingsbridge Heights Community Center in the Bronx
  • Rachel Stewart, Ed.M (she/her/hers)  –  Director of Sexual Violence Prevention & Advocacy at Connecticut College
  • Elizabeth Wilmerding, MSW –  Program Manager of the Violence Prevention & Advocacy Program at the

Presentation Abstract: In a constantly changing cultural and political landscape, prevention professionals, advocates, and ATIXA members need to understand each other to work together more than ever. A panel of Campus Advocacy and Prevention Professionals Association (CAPPA) Leadership Council members shares expertise in trauma-informed practices and processes that promote equity by helping both survivors and respondents participate fully in college investigations and adjudications, as well as tools and resources that can help fortify relationships between the campus professionals involved in these processes.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 2:30pm – 3:15pm ET

  • Informal Resolutions 
  • Intersection of BIT & Title IX 
  • Diversity & Equity
  • Title IX in the K-12 Setting
  • Athletics and Title IX
  • Advocacy and Prevention
  • Title IX & Race
  • Title IX in the Community College Setting
  • Free Speech and Sexual Harassment
  • Investigation Best Practices

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 3:25pm – 5:00pm ET

Option One: The Impact of Institutional Response on Student Survivors and Campus Culture

Presenters:

  • Brenda Adams, J.D., Senior Staff Attorney, Equal Rights Advocates
  • Kel O’Hara, Equal Justice Works Fellow, Equal Rights Advocates

Presentation Abstract: How can a survivor-centered approach to Title IX adjudications actually benefit both parties? This interactive presentation explains how trauma-informed responses to complaints of sexual violence can create more equitable processes and protect the education of both complainants and respondents alike. By addressing common misconceptions about student survivors and highlighting the complex challenges faced by marginalized students – including survivors of color, disabled survivors, and LGBTQ survivors – during Title IX adjudications, as well as reviewing some of the recent recommendations issued by the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence, we will explore how survivor justice is a necessary part of protecting all students’ civil rights, achieving campus cultural change, and dismantling societal support for gender-based violence.


Option Two: Former Title IX Coordinators and Administrator Panel: The Convergence of Compliance and Moral Courage

Presenters:

  • Robin Kelley, M. Ed., Ph.D., Founder and President, Kelley Consulting Firm
  • Melinda Manning, J.D., M.S.W., Director, Beacon Program, University of North Carolina’s Hospital System, Faculty, University of North Carolina, & Chair of the Board of Directors, North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Bob Wood, M.A., Title IX Coordinator, Gwynedd Mercy University

Presentation Abstract: Despite the enormous responsibilities bestowed upon Title IX Coordinators, they often lack the authority, support, training, or resources required to oversee the institution’s or school’s compliance with Title IX efforts. Title IX Coordinators enter institutions and schools without having any input into the existing infrastructure for handling reports and complaints of sex discrimination in terms of policies, procedures, and investigations. Not having processes, procedures, and policies that treated cases consistently and irrespective of whether there is one investigation or 30 investigations at the same time, that the process would be the same time for each case and each complainant.This panel discussion will explore the various experiences of the panel members who are current and former Title IX Coordinators and administrators. Additionally, the panel members will highlight the challenges and comprehensive supports needed for Title IX Coordinators and administrators.


Option Three: Thriving Under Pressure: Coaching Strategies for Title IX Practitioners

Presenters:

  • Amy Zavadil, Ph.D., Founder, Amy Zavadil Consulting and ATIXA Advisory Board Member
  • Georgina Dodge, Ph.D., Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Maryland and ATIXA Advisory Board Member
  • Jennifer Cunningham, Assistant Director of Student Conduct & Resolution, Soka University of America

Presentation Abstract: Forthcoming

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 5:15pm – 6:15pm ET

Attendee Reception

All attendees are welcome to join this Zoom Networking Opportunity with some of ATIXA’s Advisory Board and Consultants.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 10:00am – 11:30am ET

Option One: When Do We Believe Survivors?

Presenter: Emily Martin, J.D., Vice President for Education & Workplace Justice, National Women’s Law Center

Presentation Abstract: In the wake of #MeToo going viral, a broad-based movement has rallied under that banner that it is time to believe survivors. And a loud backlash has asserted that any claims that survivors are entitled to be believed amounts to a violation of the rights of named harassers. The call to “Believe Survivors” grows out of a long legal and cultural history of mistrust of women’s truthfulness when they speak out about sexual violence. And this fight remains a very current one. Department of Education officials justified their revisions to the Title sexual harassment regulations by raising the specter of false allegations of sexual assault and suggesting that women and girls often claim that they were assaulted when they just regret having had sex in the first place. The keynote will provide context about the ways in which our cultural beliefs about gender and credibility inform the current debate about who is entitled to belief and how to create a fair institutional process for resolving allegations of sexual harassment and assault.


Option Two: The Intersection of Title IX and BIT

Presenters:

  • Makenzie Schiemann, M.S., Executive Director, NaBITA & Vice President of Case Management Initiatives, TNG
  • Kim Pacelli, M.Ed., J.D., Partner, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board Member

Presentation Abstract: While the behavioral intervention team and Title IX administrators have individual roles and areas of expertise on campus, the two departments need to be prepared to collaborate and communicate as cases overlap and intersect. This presentation will discuss the overlap of BIT and Title IX and provide strategies for ensuring effective communication and collaboration. Additionally, the presentation will explore the role of Title IX on the BIT membership and will use case studies to provide participants hands-on experience with the intersection of the Title IX and BIT.


Option Three: Playing Fair, Title IX & Gender Equity in K-12 Athletics

Presenter: Kim Turner, Esq., Senior Staff Attorney & Project Director at Legal Aid at Work

Presentation Abstract: This session will cover the basics of Title IX with respect to gender equity in athletics, including participation opportunities, treatment and benefits, anti-retaliation mandates, and more. The presentation will further review how Title IX operates within the K-12 athletics program context, wherever interscholastic sports are played at elementary, middle, and high schools, including charters. A brief review of the law and regulations will be included with examples of Title IX cases and settlements regarding athletics issues. Attendees will not only gain key general information about Title IX athletic equity requirements in K-12 education but will also come away with universal, easy-to-use tools for examining athletic programs to establish lasting equity for all students.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 11:45am – 12:30pm ET

  • Transgender Student Inclusivity
  • Equity Requirements Beyond Harassment
  • Title IX Jurisdictional Issues
  • Initial Actions & Report Generation Processes
  • Deliberate Indifference
  • Investigation Strategy & Planning Ahead
  • Title IX & Minors
  • Working Effectively with Hearing Panel Advisors
  • Bias & Cultural Competencies
  • Title IX Burnout

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 12:40pm – 1:25pm ET

Presenters:

  • W. Scott Lewis, J.D., Partner, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board
  • Kim Pacelli, M. Ed., J.D., Partner, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board
  • Saundra K. Schuster, J.D., Partner, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board
  • Catherine Spear, J.D., Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity & Title IX, University of Southern California
  • Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D., President, TNG & Vice President, ATIXA
  • Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., Chair, TNG & President, ATIXA

TNG Partners and Catherine Spear will discuss the early lessons we have seen during the implementation of the 2020 Final Rule Regulations from the Department of Education. This will be a live panel discussion with inclusive Q&A time.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 2:30pm – 3:15pm ET

  • Transgender Student Inclusivity
  • Equity Requirements Beyond Harassment
  • Title IX Jurisdictional Issues
  • Initial Actions & Report Generation Processes
  • Deliberate Indifference
  • Investigation Strategy & Planning Ahead
  • Title IX & Minors
  • Working Effectively with Hearing Panel Advisors
  • Bias & Cultural Competencies
  • Title IX Burnout

Closing Keynote:
Science-Based Investigative Interviewing, the Neurology of Trauma, and Sexual Assault Investigations

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 3:45pm – 5:15pm ET

Presenters:

  • Susan Brandon, Ph.D., Consultant
  • Jim Hopper, Ph.D., Consultant & Teaching Associate of Psychology, Harvard Medical School
  • Christian Meissner, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Iowa State University
  • Christopher F. Wilson, PsyD, LLC., Licensed Psychologist

Presenter Bios:

Susan Brandon, Ph.D., served as Research Program Manager for the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG) from early 2010 until December of 2017. The mandate for the HIG Research Program was to improve interview and interrogation methods across the U.S. government. The Program, involving world-renown researchers, has resulted in more than 160 publications in scientific journals. This research was transitioned into the HIG one-week training program beginning in 2012. Dr. Brandon previously was a Program Officer at the National Institutes of Health, Assistant Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and Visiting Scientist at the American Psychological Association. Before those posts, prior to 2001, she spent 15 years as a faculty member in the Behavioral Neuroscience Division of the Department of Psychology at Yale University.

Dr. Jim Hopper is an independent consultant and Teaching Associate in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. For over 25 years Dr. Hopper’s research, clinical and consulting work has focused on the psychological and biological effects of child abuse, sexual assault, and other traumatic experiences. As a clinician, Dr. Hopper works with adults who have experienced abuse as children and assault as adults. In his forensic work, both criminal and civil, he testifies on short- and long-term impacts of child abuse and sexual assault. Dr. Hopper consults and teaches nationally and internationally to military and civilian investigators, prosecutors, victim advocates, commanders, and higher education administrators.

Dr. Meissner is Professor of Psychology at Iowa State University, where he Directs the Applied Cognition Laboratory. He holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive & Behavioral Science from Florida State University (2001). His research uses experimental methodologies to examine cognitive psychological processes in forensic, military, and human intelligence settings, including strategies and tactics that facilitate the disclosure of information and the assessment of credibility in interviews and interrogations, factors that influence eyewitness memory and lineup identification, the influence of extra-legal biases on juror decision-making, and aspects of human perception and judgment bias in comparative forensic science decisions.

Dr. Chris Wilson is a licensed psychologist from Portland, Oregon. For the past 20 years, he’s worked with victims, survivors, and perpetrators of trauma. He currently runs Being Trauma Informed (BTI), an organization dedicated to making the science of trauma accessible and practical. Prior to starting BTI, Dr. Wilson had a private practice conducting evaluations and psychotherapy, while also providing training with a focus on domestic violence and sexual assault.

Presentation Abstract: The speakers will provide information about the use of science-based interview methods that have been shown efficacious in both field and laboratory settings. They will also discuss interview methods informed by the neurobiology of trauma that have yet to be field-tested, but appear supported by research on the impact of trauma on the brain.

CONTACT ATIXA

If you have any questions about the 2020 Annual Conference, please do not hesitate to contact us at conference@atixa.org.